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European Commissioner for Development & Humanitarian Aid is a member of the European Commission. The post is currently held by Commissioner Karel De Gucht (ALDE)

The portfolio deals with promoting sustainable development in deprived regions (such as ACP countries and the EU's OCTs) and the distribution of aid; the European Commission is the largest supplier of humanitarian aid in the world.


Current commissioner

After the Israeli-Lebanese conflict in 2006 the Commissioner visited Lebanon and called for €30 million to repair the damage there. The Parliament's development committee was cautious though about the expenditure and he was also criticised for his slow response with one MEP comparing him to "a fireman who arrives at the scene after the fire has gone out". In the same debate MEPs attacked the Commissioner for "appearing partial in the Congolese elections" in describing Joseph Kabila as "the hope of Congo". Michel responded by saying he would have said the same about any candidate in the democratic elections. [1]

Louis Michel has caused some mild controversy in 2007 among MEPs when it became known that he is to take leave from his work to compete in Belgian elections. Generally Commissioners are meant to remain above national politics and the European Parliament's development committee asked the Parliament's legal service to assess if his participation violates the treaties. [2] During his absence (12 May 2007 onwards), Commissioner Rehn will take over his duties.

His head of cabinet is Sabine Weyand, deputy head; Koen Doens and spokesperson; Amadeu Altafaj-Tardio.

List of commissioners

Name Period Country European Commission
1 Robert Lemaignen 1958-1962  France Hallstein Commission
2 Henri Rochereau 1962-1970  France Hallstein Commission, Rey Commission
3 Jean-François Deniau 1967-1973  France Rey Commission, Malfatti Commission, Mansholt Commission
4 Claude Cheysson 1973-1981  France Ortoli Commission, Jenkins Commission, Thorn Commission
5 Edgard Pisani 1981-1985  France Thorn Commission
6 Lorenzo Natali 1985-1989  Italy Delors Commission I
7 Manuel Marin 1989-1995  Spain Delors Commission II & III
8 João de Deus Pinheiro 1995-1999  Portugal Santer Commission
9 Poul Nielson 1999-2004  Denmark Prodi Commission
10 Joe Borg 2004  Malta Prodi Commission
11 Louis Michel 2004-2009  Belgium Barroso Commission
12 Karel De Gucht 2009  Belgium Barroso Commission

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